Dorcas McClean Scholarship

This scholarship, worth up to $40,000, supports candidates up to 25 years of age and resident in Australia for at least two years for admission to an approved institution. Assessment is by competition (for shortlisted applicants only), held across a number of days at the Southbank Campus. This is generally a biennial completion and is expected to next take place in 2020.

Application dates

Applications are currently closed

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

$10,000 - $40,000

Applicable study areas


Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be a violinist aged 25 or under at the closing date for applications, and resident in Australia for no less than two years at the application closing date.

    Selection criteria

    The recipient of this scholarship will be determined by three rounds of performance competition to select a winner from six applicants. They will be judged by panels of prominent Australian and international violinists on the basis of musicality, tone, technique, intonation and poise. There will be monetary awards for the second and third placed participants, and a major award for the Dorcas McClean Scholarship recipient.  A set amount of reimbursement will be paid to the shortlisted applicants to assist with the cost of the competition requirements.  Competition requirements will be updated here by the time of application opening (expected to be around April 2020).

  • Application process

    Applications for round 1 are made online via the link below (only visible during the application open phase) and must include:

    • a high-quality online recording of the specified repertoire, with contact details of your teacher or employer for verification of the recording
    • a summary of experience as a musician, including periods and places of professional work
    • relevant education qualifications
    • details of proposed training or study program
    • contact details of two referees.

    The recordings will be assessed by prominent Australian violinists on musicality, tone, technique, intonation and poise, and six candidates will be selected to advance to round 2. Three finalists will proceed from round 2 to round 3.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants can expect an outcome four weeks after the scholarships closing date.

What are the benefits?

A single payment of up to $40,000 towards studies at another institution approved by the University of Melbourne. Runner-up and third-placed candidates will receive $10,000 and $5000 respectively.

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